1977 Dance
From Davidson County
GS helped me see what exists outside the small NC town I in which I grew up. It gave me the opportunity to meet and dance with other people who were serious about the arts.
1991 English
From Durham County
It was the single most important experience of my high school years. It introduced me to smart people and instructors who provided the kind of challenges I have sought out the rest of my life.
2001 English
From Orange County
GS was a unique opportunity to explore ideas and question everything — culture, politics, economics, art — when I was most curious about the world, and to do it with other students like me. GS gave me an edge in college as well as my master’s and law programs: I had a solid foundation in how to think critically and respond to issues that had many sides and many arguments. GS was hands-down the best thing that happened to me in education and personal betterment during high school.
1990 English
From Henderson County
It allowed me a glimpse into worlds left untouched in the education system in Henderson County at the time. It exposed me to new cultural experiences, and new people I would not get to meet at home.
1970 Math
From Cabarrus County
I came to Governor’s School from a financially modest family where both parents graduated from high school, but did not attend college. While my parents gave me everything they could, I had not been exposed to new ideas and thinking outside the box. I was at long last no longer ashamed to be considered smart. I was also no longer ashamed of my opinions on human and world issues. I felt empowered as a young woman. And remember, this was quite a few years before Title IX.
1985 Math
From New Hanover County
Did more to prepare me for college than any classes/experience I had in public school system. Also, it helped in my professional life, as contacts I made at GS have actually turned into job contacts and coworkers in real life.
1974 Math
From Franklin County
Coming from a very small town, I feel that my GS experience was instrumental in helping me make the transformation from high school to college. The experience helped me grow tremendously and learn to live with and learn from people of all backgrounds and how to come out of my safety zone.
1987 Natural Science
From Alamance County
GS changed the way I thought about myself by surrounding me with people I admired.
2006 Social Science
From New Hanover County
Without a doubt, I would not be the outspoken, civically engaged young woman I am today, without my experience at Governor’s School.
1990 Choral Music
From Mecklenburg County
Please see my earlier comments with regard to community service.
2006 English
From Granville County
I made some wonderful friends at Governor’s School, and just being a part of such a great group of young adults brought me the confidence that I never had at that point in my life.
1971 Art
From Mecklenburg County
Governors School helped refine my interest in art and develop my talent at a crucial moment of my life.
1982 Natural Science
From Iredell County
It exposed me to a much wider variety of cultures and ways of looking at the world than I had experienced back home. In this increasingly small and diverse world we live in, it is imperative that people learn, at a very young age, to thrive in a community with diverse opinions and attitudes about things. That’s good for character development but it is absolutely NECESSARY if you want to do business in the world today.
1983 Choral Music
From Yadkin County
Lessons learned in and out of the classroom helped me in ways that I would never have imagined. GS made me think “outside the box” and that has been incredibility important in a number of my endeavors.
2008 Choral Music
From Durham County
There is another level to education that not all schools can achieve, especially with slashed funding. To think critically is something standardized tests have been attempting to measure and enforce for years, unsuccessfully. Programs such as Governor’s School work and create innovators and productive citizens.
1989 Math
From Guilford County
GSW was the first time in my life I was in a learning environment where it was ok to be smart. I went to a very small private high school, and we had lots of smart kids. But the school revolved around sports all the same. It was fantastic being in a school where you were SUPPOSED to want to answer the questions, to think, to do homework.
1997 English
From Davidson County
GS was enlightening. It was amazing to see the level of learning and interaction that a such a gifted collection of students could experience together. GS certainly helped prepare me for the years ahead, and was a life changing experience.
1985 Math
From Chatham County
It gave me the opportunity meet other highly driven students at a time when I was making decisions that would affect my future.
2006 Social Science
From Forsyth County
Attending Governor’s School was without question, the best experience of my high school career in North Carolina. My eyes were opened to a whole new world — a world full of people with passions as different as they were, commitment to making the world a better place, teachers who not only challenge me, but also encouraged me to challenge them. My abilities were challenged every day and I was personally challenged every day.
2000 Inst. Music
From Gaston County
My wife and I met at GSE, we dated through college and have been married for almost 6 years now.
1972 Math
From Buncombe County
I grew up in the mountains of NC. That summer in Winston-Salem was eye-opening in a number of ways. Two take-aways were that I was as capable as anyone else, and that I still had a lot to learn. I probably decided then that I would learn as much as I could, which ultimately led me to a PhD in engineering.
1989 Inst. Music
From Mecklenburg County
GS opened my eyes to so many things – ways of thinking, arts, politics, cultures… I left a better person, a more aware person, a more engaged person. I learned to question for the sake of progress. I gained confidence in myself which allowed me to grow. Most importantly, I have passed all of this on to my students for 20 years. I am *that* teacher according to so many of my students, and (excepting my own son) that is my greatest source of pride. I only left the state of NC a year ago. SAVE GS
2010 Natural Science
From Currituck County
Gave me experience with other cultures and ideas exposing me to the world so that I can formulate my own view of the world.
2004 Natural Science
From Pasquotank County
I would not have become an engineer if I had not attend GSE. Additionally my salary would be less than it is now and I probably wouldn’t have sought out volunteer work on my own. My effectiveness as an individual is largely attributed to GSE.
2000 English
From Buncombe County
The time I spent at Governor’s School was the best summer of my life. It shaped me in so many ways and truly made me the person I am today.
2009 Inst. Music
From Orange County
Absolutely- it changed the way I think and perceive things. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to attend, it opened a world of possibilities for me.
1978 Natural Science
From Stanley County
The chance to meet other gifted and talented teens was inspiring. Having a chance to spend spend six weeks living, learning, and exploring the world of ideas with them reinforced my desire to become a scientist or engineer, and sparked in me an interest in being an educator (I now teach at MIT). Many of the friends I made that summer are still important to my life today.
2003 Choral Music
From Orange County
Attending Governor’s School was the most formative experience of my young adult life. Spending six weeks with ambitious, like minded peers with such amazing exposure and encouragement to think creatively and discover enabled me to find my own voice. I returned for my senior year of high school more comfortable in my own skin and ready to lead. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world and hope that ambitious young students have this opportunity for generations to come.
1996 English
From New Hanover County
Governor’s School was a transformative experience for me. It changed the entire direction of my education and life goals. I would not have my PhD or my career in education today if it were not for the Governor’s School experience. It is the single most valuable thing in which I’ve ever participated.
2005 Natural Science
From Cabarrus County
I made my best friends there!
1993 Inst. Music
From Edgecombe County
Absolutely! I was able to meet and work with outstanding students from all across the state and was able to be challenged intellectually on a level that greatly surpassed the norm for my high school. I also made lasting, lifelong friendships.
1986 Math
From Robeson County
I learned that small-town girls from rural counties (such as me) could go out and speak their minds. I met kids from around the state and saw how we were all unique but had similar issues at home. I felt comfortable in my own skin and was able to go forward knowing “it’s okay to be smart.”
2005 Inst. Music
From Orange County
Governor’s School opened my mind and allowed me to explore controversial and challenging concepts in a tolerant and positive environment. The formative experience I had in 2005 has had an indelible influence on my development as a scientist and a creative human being. I can only hope that current students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in GS’s singular academic and social culture.
1990 Theater
From Jackson County
Governor’s School started me on a path of my own choosing, rather than a path that I felt was decided for me. …and that has made all the difference!
2005 Math
From Rockingham County
GSE opened my eyes to topics that I didn’t know existed, it put me in a situation where I grew mentally and prepared me for my college career in a way that my county high school never could. To take this opportunity away from current and future high school students is a travesty.
2006 Math
From Buncombe County
I was never challenged academically before Governor’s School, and it gave me the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and work with other incredibly talented students.
2010 Foreign Language
From Guilford County
Attending GSW changed the way I think, the way I see the world, and the way I live to a more open perspective, and forced me to question, explore, and ultimately better define my beliefs and passions. I forged lasting friendships, many of which I maintain today, and I was able to experience and learn about so many things. It was a priceless experience that I will never forget.
1973 Inst. Music
From Wake County
The GS experience for me, which was 39 years ago, still ranks as a highlight of my life. The experience at GS allowed me not only to pursue my interest in music (and I currently work in the field of music education where I teach future teachers), but also allowed me to explore who I was as a person. The experience with other students, some of whom I’m still in contact with today, solidified my sense of self, and I found support for the personal and career choices I made.
1992 Inst. Music
From Cabarrus County
I fall into the typical story of a kid from a small NC town who got to experience meeting other people who shared my passions, who were the same “different” kids from their respective towns, allowing me some pre-University independence, etc. My area II/III instructors might have characterized it as the most basic of religious experiences: I enter the process, I experience repetition, and ritual, and I leave changed (for the better). How could that not have been a positive experience?
1988 Inst. Music
From Wake County
One of the best and most transformative experiences of my entire life.
1988 Math
From Wake County
Governor’s School was the first time I was around other smart kids. High school was not a pleasant experience for me and GS showed me there was a whole other world out there where I would fit in, have friends, have fun, and be respected for my intelligence, instead of being ostracized.
1981 Choral Music
From Catawba County
GS impacted my life dramatically. It opened doors to me and I actually skipped my senior year of hs and entered college early because of GS. I realized I was not the only smart talented kid, there were others like me, and it helped me understand that I had moved on past high school mentally and needed to move on physically. GS impacted my life to the point where I rate it, along with my marriage and birth of my son, as total life-changing events in my 47 years on this earth.
1977 English
From Mecklenburg County
After working on the GS student newspaper, I later spent 25 years in newspapers and related new media, attaining a national reputation. Also, I met my best friend in the world at GS.
2000 Social Science
From Wilkes (went to high school in Iredell) County
One of the most formative experiences of my life. The reason I declared a philosophy major and the reason I wanted to pursue post-graduate level work.
1968 Math
From Guilford County
Yes, it helped prepare me to compete at a higher level at high school and at university level, and very likely was a key factor in my obtaining a large financial scholarship to UNC-CH, without which, I would probably have gone out of state for undergraduate work, possibly never to return.
2010 Natural Science
From Ashe County
Attending GS was the absolute best decision I have ever made. Besides the academic strives I made in the classroom, I gained so much knowledge about myself. I cultivated friendships that I am confident will last for many years. GS was truly a life-changing experience for which I am and will always be grateful.
2003 Math
From Cabarrus County
Governors School prepared me for college and law school in a way that high school never could. I made lifelong friendships, and embraced a much more outgoing and confident version of myself.
2005 Theater
From Moore County
Governor’s School afforded me the invaluable opportunity to think for myself, to think critically, to reason and to make judgments of a moral, political and philosophical nature. This has improved my quality of life, as I exercise these powers to make informed decisions about finances, education and leaders. GS introduced me to a much broader demographic of people than I would ever meet in my hometown or high school, and, thus, it opened my mind to the experiences of many more walks of life.
1992 Choral Music
From Wake County
Yes – because I attended Governor’s School, it fostered my musical talents and abilities, allowed me to participate in several once-in-a-lifetime opportunities (travelling abroad, working with world class conductors) and allowed me to be a music major in college in addition to my biology / pre-med major. I think as a result, it has made me a better doctor and a better person.
1984 Math
From Stokes County
GS definitely opened my eyes to the wider possibilities that higher education could provide and also gave me a level of confidence to go away to a 4 yr university.
1985 Math
From Edgecombe County
This program was life-changing as it enabled me to learn many things that were not taught at my high school such as Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, etc. The results were amazing (I increased my math SAT score 200 points!!!) It also enabled me to grow and bond with fellow students just as myself. We were all students that had the aptitude and ability but not the finances or resources.
2010 Social Science
From Union County
It reminded me that despite how different people are, there are still many who are like-minded in many ways while still maintaining enough individuality to change your views on things. It showed me a lot of perspectives I had never considered before, and presented old ones in very different ways. It was the home that I had searched for since my family relocated 3 years prior and was full of as much love and support as I could have ever asked for. It was a great educational and social experience.
2010 Social Science
From Davidson County
Before attending Governor’s School I had no sense of what a group of people like myself could accomplish. I was very jaded and disappointed by my previous educational experiences, and Governor’s School rectified this and inspired me to continue my education at the college level.
1992 Natural Science
From Wayne County
Made me see that the world was much larger than my own backyard.Came home with a new sense of self and believing in my own ideas-less influenced by others and less interested in the pettiness of high school.I had a confidence in my faith, ideas, an ability to believe in myself. Far more than the academics! I got more out of the encouragement to try new things and that not conforming was ok. Changed me! My family saw it too. Mom still credits GSW 20 years later for being a turning point for me.
1994 Social Science
From Henderson County
See previous comment.
1993 English
From Nash County
See below.
1973 Choral Music
From Mecklenburg County
see below
1969 Social Science
From Nash County
Made lifelong friends. Exposed to a much more diverse outlook and perspective.
2010 Math
From Wake County
The 6 weeks that I spent at GS completely changed my life. I met other passionate students who engaged me intellectual conversations. I was able to expand my horizons and learn about subjects that I had not been exposed to. My math abilities were strengthened and I have chosen to study math in college because of GS. The instructors at GS were amazing, and the friendships that I created while at GS will last forever. I matured into who I am because of GS. GS was the best 6 weeks of my life.
2008 Choral Music
From Gaston County
GS opened me up to new experiences that would not have been possible otherwise. I began to appreciate myself more, as well as the opportunities that I was afforded. GS gave me a competitive edge over others at my college to win two merit scholarships to help fund my education.
2008 Math
From Columbus County
The best experience of my life. This program is committed to helping change and enlighten high school students and encouraging to think rather than telling them what to think.
2000 Math
From Guilford County
GS opened my eyes to the beauty of math, and gave me a big push towards pursuing what would become my career, engineering. It was also the first time I felt proud to be an intellectual, and didn’t feel like fish out of water like I did in my hometown high school.
1999 Math
From Alamance County
Meeting the other students at governor’s school and having the unique context of governor’s school to get to know them completely changed my life. I learned more about myself and how I wanted to relate to other people at governor’s school than at any other point in my life.
1998 Choral Music
From New Hanover County
Governor’s School opened my eyes to the possibilities of life. To some, that may sound trite. But, if you have experienced Governor’s School, you know that the world was opened up to you during those six weeks. I am the person I have become because of my GS experience.
2010 English
From Orange County
Governor’s School taught me to have faith in myself. Before Governor’s School, I considered myself to be of average intelligence. I didn’t believe that I was destined for greatness. The positive atmosphere of Governor’s School and the attitudes of the students and faculty showed me that I was capable of more than I had ever dreamed of. Governor’s School taught me to set my sights higher and to believe in myself.
2010 Theater
From Chatham County
I definitely gained so much confidence while attending GSE. My mind was opened and I gained the courage to go out on a limb every once in a while in many areas of my life. It has also done so much for me as an artist.
2003 Natural Science
From Forsyth County
Oh God yes.
1970 Theater
From Onslow County
A child of a military family, I had traveled widely and attended excellent schools, but I knew little of NC until I attended Governor’s School. Within six weeks, I acquired a wonderful network of like-minded people who played a big part in my decision to stay in NC for college, for work and for life. I also read more political theory, philosophy and psychology in Areas II and III than I did in any high school or college class. And I loved having my talents and intellect challenged.
1988 English
From Cumberland County
It was the single most transformative experience of my young life, so much so that I came back to teach at GSE for five summers. Before, I was a smart kid who never really had to think very much; GSE changed that utterly, and I can’t conceive how impoverished my life would’ve been without it. It opened the world for me — mostly by showing me that there was a world to be opened. Now, having the perspective of both a student and a teacher at GSE, I’m convinced that six weeks is a must.
2010 English
From Moore County
Governor’s School played a significant role in introducing me to the career paths I am currently pursuing. It exposed me more consciously to both the value of teaching and to the absolute necessity for change in our current system. Governor’s School taught me that I was not alone in seeking knowledge for its own inherent value, that becoming a teacher or an advocate for teachers was a worthwhile pursuit, and that the endeavor to establish equality in educational opportunities remains essential.
1990 Math
From Davidson County
Having grown up in a rural area where many of my high school classmates did not plan to pursue attending college, GS was an incredibly powerful experience as I was surrounded by peers who were interested in academics and truly wanted to learn. It was wonderful! I also gained much self-confidence, which helped me to be able to apply to universities that I might not have otherwise pursued. (I attended Duke University on a full tuition scholarship.)
2004 Choral Music
From Orange County
Governor’s School made it possible for me to believe I could do the things that I enjoy as my job. If it weren’t for this program, I would have never pursued teaching as a career and I would have never thought about music as being a viable thing to teach. I am also more willing to listen to my friends, students, and colleagues because Governor’s School taught me how to respect every position and not dismiss it outright because everyone has the right to an opinion and it should be heard.
1979 Math
From Henderson County
GS helped me identify my intellectual interests and strengths well beyond what my high school did.
2000 Social Science
From Caldwell County
I got into the colleges I got into for the same reason that I got into GS. One didn’t cause the other but they’re related. GS made me more independent and prepared me for what college would be like.
2006 Dance
From Wake County
GS enabled me to see the joys of learning. I was pushed physically and mentally in my area 1 (dance) class and became a better person because of it. I also learned about Invisible Children while at GS and have since invested heavily in helping others become aware of the issues in Uganda. I learned tolerance and respect when disagreeing about social issues. I felt even more prepared for college – the lifestyle, freedom, choices and responsibilities that come with it.
2005 Social Science
From Wilson County
Governor’s School was instrumental in providing me with the knowledge that there are people and ideas that exist and thrive outside of the small town bubble I was raised to believe was everything.
1991 Math
From Franklin County
I met my college roommate of 4 years at GS and also several other guys that formed my social network all through college. To this day, our group is still very close and converse/get together on a regular basis. I have no doubts that my college experience and life would have been very different were it not for GSW 91!
1992 Natural Science
From Orange County
I would never have gone to Harvard if I hadn’t first gone to Governor’s School.
1963 Social Science
From Davidson County
Definitely, it broadened my view of the world and lead to me experiencing a much richer life.
1988 Art
From Wake County
It opened my mind to new experiences and solidified my passion for Art, which has become my career.
1997 Math
From Rowan County
Truely a formative experience during my high school years.
1993 Choral Music
From Guilford County
I count the NC GS summer program among the most positive and influential experiences of my life. It was the first time I had the opportunity to spend time with other gifted students and be in a setting where learning was “cool”. I attribute my success in academia and my decision to go into education in large part to my summer GS experience.
2011 Social Science
From Buncombe County
I came to GSE expecting the intellectual cornucopia my friends had made it out to be. I left amazed at the lack of culture, knowledge, and perspective present in North Carolina. It was a fine experience, as such things go, but my teachers, with the exception of Dr. Dempster, who did a phenomenal job, acted as if they were missionaries carrying received knowledge. Then, the other students were apparently amazed the learn that the US had been less than above board in the Banana Republics. Weak.
1972 English
From Rowan County
GS was the most significant experience of my youth.
2003 Inst. Music
From Wake County
Specifically, it helped me learn how to analyze things from more than one perspective. I learned to listen to and respect other peoples’ viewpoints and use what I learn from them to further develop my own ideas.
2010 Math
From Perquimans County
Governor’s School was an amazing experience for me. I like that at least 2 people from every county could attend.Coming from a bad high school it is hard to compete with people attending good schools with good teachers and attentive students from nicer areas of the state.
2004 English
From Henderson County
My Governor’s School experience made me more open to other people. I hesitate to use labels because I now understand that even some labels like “Christian” can mean differen things to different people. Also, I’ve worked for Governor’s School for several summers, and it impacts the way I teach and the investment I make in my students beyond teaching them vocabulary or grammar.
1982 Math
From Pender County
Before Governor’s School, I was complacent. I got good grades easily and saw no reason to work any harder than necessary to get by. GS helped me to see goals beyond getting out of high school.
1994 Inst. Music
From Forsyth County
No doubt – Governor’s School helped make me who I am.
1993 Math
From Cleveland County
Coming from a small town, Governor’s School was the first place where I felt like I truly belonged. I can’t stress how important that was: to not feel like the odd girl out, the outcast, but to be immediately accepted by others. Those six weeks were a lifeline for me, giving me hope from the pressures and confines of high school. And at the same time, being with such a diverse group of people also made me more open-minded and question the validity of my own beliefs.
2007 Social Science
From Alamance County
Governor’s School was a pivotal part of my high school experience, and has continued to positively affect me in my college career. I owe a lot to Governor’s School.
2008 English
From Wake County
The Governor’s School absolutely changed everything for me. I still count it among the most important experiences of my life.
1998 Math
From Forsyth County
Governor’s School was not just something to put on a resume. It changed the way I think and challenged me to look at everything critically. It empowered me to think that *I* could be the person to make discoveries and change the world. No other schooling or activity of mine had that effect. GS is the reason I could get a full merit scholarship to NCSU and a full merit scholarship to the University of Oxford – by giving me the tools I needed to succeed.
1980 Natural Science
From Pasquotank County
It opened my eyes to a much broader scope of opportunities for my future education and employment. Additionally, the rich exposure to the arts helped make me a better person. Overall, the experience enhanced my critical thinking skills and made me a more mindful person.
2000 Natural Science
From Cabarrus County
My high school had very limited resources for gifted students and those wanting to attend college. Governor’s School gave me a chance to catch up to my peers, and receive some exposure to theories and experiences I wouldn’t have had at home. I believe that Governor’s School is the least we can do to give all promising students, in all areas of North Carolina, and from all backgrounds, a chance to grow and succeed.
1998 Theater
From Gates County
Got me out of rural NC to learn more about the world and different perspectives and worldviews; was very important for me as a mixed-ethnic/race young woman especially when I lived in a very homogenous small town.
2004 Dance
From Randolph County
Governor’s school exposed me to new perspectives and ideas that I would have never been made aware of at my high school. It helped shape me into a more thoughtful and curious young person. It deepened my thinking skills and inspired me to take risks with myself, people, ideas, places, etc. I felt like it was a time of awakening to a whole new way of understanding the world around me.
1972 Choral Music
From Union County
An incredible experience…
1965 Natural Science
From Iredell County
The Governor’s School was one of the most important experiences of my life. When I returned to my high school after that summer, I became a leader — I was not before. And that leadership and confidence took me to the USAF Academy, a career in the Air Force, to a professional career as a professor with other 50 publications and years of consulting. I did not understand who I was nor my obligations to society before the Governor’s School. Absolutely life changing.
2010 Foreign Language
From Pitt County
Governor’s school impacted my life in more ways than I can even count. It helped me to cement my love of the Spanish language and culture, and I am currently pursuing a major in Spanish and a certificate in Latino Studies in the Global South at Duke University. The people I have met at Governor’s school are still some of my best friends, and my relationship with them has been invaluable. GS helped me to have a more open mind in regards to all aspects of life.
2002 Natural Science
From Wake County
Self confidence. Critical thinking. Connection with like-minded peers. Immersive environment. Good mixing of different fields. Freedom to choose electives, roam the campus, and be an “adult.” Spontaneous fun. Being challenged to think.
1990 Math
From Forsythe County
It was the singular standout event of my high school career
1968 English
From Davie County
It was one of best experiences of my life. Helped prepare me for college, and I made life-long friends. The area I was from then was rural and I didn’t realize until Governor’s School how far ahead students in urban areas were compared to what I experienced. Governor’s School opened up so many new areas in the areas as well as the social and natural sciences. It was life changing for me.
2005 Math
From Yadkin County
I can honestly say that my time at GS was one of the best times of my life. It was so enjoyable to be around people who want to learn, who are nice, and who really care. This was a place where I as a student felt listened to and valued and trusted – something I did not experience at my high school. I am extremely upset that GS has experienced funding/press trouble because the experience is priceless and deeply rewarding.
1968 Social Science
From Cabarrus County
More than 500 characters could ever say!
2004 English
From Pamlico County
Before coming to Governor’s School I was unsure that my opinion would have value. My experience in Governor’s School taught me to express my thoughts more openly, making me an important member of a classroom and now my work environment.
2011 Natural Science
From Burke County
GS showed me that there is more going on in the world than I am exposed to in my small hometown. GS is where I met some of the friends I hold dearest who have taught me things I could never have learned in a classroom. GS showed me that a classroom is not always about a textbook. Sometimes it can be about the people who are sitting in that classroom and what they are passionate about. GS was so different from my high school experience, and I would never want to change it or see it go away.
2005 Art
From Wake County
Attending GSE the summer before my junior year of high school was one of the most valuable experiences I have had the opportunity to participate in. It gave me real world experience and expanded my views through interactions with all kinds of people from all over the state. All my sessions challenged me to work harder and think broader; skills that have since benefited me in more ways than I can describe.
1981 English
From Guildford County
It was THE best experience of my youth. It was the first time I felt that I might have a place in the world. I carried that hope with me after I left.
2010 Theater
From Guilford County
The Governor’s School of North Carolina made me a better Actor and a better person. The confidence and knowledge Governor’s School instilled in me inspired me to pursue my goals and ultimately led me to be accepted to some of the most prestigious Theatre schools in the country.
1970 Choral Music
From Cleveland County
GS gives many students their first taste of what college life is like. It is an opportunity to be around a diverse group of well-rounded and intelligent students from all over the state. Many students from my class I later ran into at UNC-CH. GS is a chance to think and grow as a student before your last year or two of HS and to take that experience with you the rest of your life. Its the chance of a lifetime for many small town NC students and to take that away from them is a disservice.
2008 Natural Science
From Wake County
The other students and faculty at GS were amazing. Attending expanded my horizons in so many ways. I can confidently say that I would not be the person that I am today if I had not attended.
2002 Math
From Davidson County
I am still running into people I went to Governor’s School with to this day (10 years later and 600 miles away).
2009 Theater
From Mecklenberg County
Nothing was more encouraging to me, as a scholar, than meeting and living with hundreds of other students who were just as driven and intrinsically motivated as myself. In the theater studio, I tested the limits of my body and my spirit beyond what I ever thought possible. Governor’s School stands out to me as the highlight of my life to date.
1998 Inst. Music
From Cumberland County
The person I am as a result of the Governor’s School is tremendously different from who I would have been without the program.
2001 English
From Mecklenburg County
Single best experience of my life! Met an amazing group of people from across the state and learned about life outside Charlotte. I still keep in touch with many friends from that summer.
2011 Choral Music
From Wake County
This was the best experience of my life. It helped me grow as a person and interact with other students that were interested in having an amazing future just like me. Absolutely love it and i wish i could go back.
2011 Foreign Language
From Wake County
I got to experience things that I wouldn’t have at my school or in my community. I was given the opportunity to share my opinion and discuss controversial topics.
2003 Natural Science
From Cabarrus County
My studies at GSE directly influenced my path in college and the subject of my undergraduate research. Further, the friends and connections I made have been invaluable.
2011 Theater
From Caldwell County
Governor’s School brought me out of my shell in ways that my friends and family at home never could. It was the first place I truly felt comfortable sharing my fears, dreams, and weaknesses with others. I know see the world in many different perspectives, and I respect myself and others who are unlike me in ways I never did before Governor’s School.
2003 Natural Science
From Craven County
Governor’s School allowed me to think and connect on a deeper level, and to interact with my classmates as well as my instructors as intellectual peers. GS taught me to question, and to take action based on my own thoughts and opinions, instead of following blindly. Every individual matters and can make a significant difference! Since attending GS as a student in 2003, I have returned as a TAC (in 2006) and a Natural Science instructor (2011). Each time stabilizes, reaffirms, and enriches me.
1983 Dance
From Wake County
It was a great opportunity to meet students from across North Carolina who were also interested in ideas, thinking and creativity. It made a difference to meet other people who found the world and the world of ideas interesting and important.
1998 Natural Science
From Durham County
yes! most impactful and in the running for most positive experience of my high school days! such a transformational 6 weeks, and friendships formed for life. so grateful Facebook has allowed me to keep in touch with my GSE friends!
1964 Natural Science
From Pasquotank County
It was a life changing experience
2010 Foreign Language
From Alamance County
GS made me the person I am today. It wasn’t just an opportunity for me to take French classes. It was an opportunity for me to grow as a leader. Because of GS I am more confident in myself, more comfortable in social situations, and more open minded to the world around me. GS was where found myself and the determination to achieve and be more. It is my dream to become a veterinarian. If not for GS I honestly believe that I would not have had the strength to pursue that goal today.
1969 Dance
From Cimberland County
Absolutely yes!! I attended a county high school that did not offer anything similar to what I learned in GS.
2000 Natural Science
From Yancey County
There is absolutely no doubt that I would not have gained acceptance to my college of choice (Yale University), nor be where I am today in my professional career, had it not been for the positive influence that Governor’s School had on me at that stage in my life.
2010 Inst. Music
From Pitt County
Governor’s School was great time for exploration. It opened up new interests for me in music and film that I’m still pursuing. Many of the memories that I made during Governor’s School are precious to me, and I still value the friendships I made over six short weeks.
2000 Social Science
From Gates County
It opened the door to a new way of thought. Without the experience my world view would have remained limited. I credit GS with being the catalyst that brought positive change to the way I view the world and myself.
2010 Inst. Music
From Carteret County
It encouraged me to be open minded and express my opinions.
1992 Natural Science
From Graham County
Prior to Governor’s School, I was afraid to speak up and show my mind and intelligence. After a few weeks with others who were interested in education, learning and making a difference I came out of my shell and have never looked back. I feel like I arrived one person and left that person behind to become a better version of myself.
1971 English
From Watauga County
It provided me with an education about the country and the world post-World-War II, which is where my high school had pretty much left me. It also gave me the confidence to explore creativity.
1974 Social Science
From Alamance County
As a student from a rural school I did not have a lot of academic confidence. I knew I was smart, but didn’t exactly think it was anything special. Being able to hold my own with the really bright people at GS convinced me that I actually was gifted. However, being around very intelligent people also taught me that I had some real holes in my learning and motivated me to work even harder.
1985 Theater
From Buncombe County
The college I attended, and my current occupation and income, trace directly to contacts I made and experiences I had at Governor’s School. If it were not for Governor’s School my opportunities would have been much more limited.
1971 Social Science
From Catawba County
Growing up in a small NC town can be difficult and limiting for a gifted student. At GS I learned that my abilities are an asset and I was challenged to pursue much more than was offered to me by traditional high school counseling and small town expectations. More importantly, I learned critical thinking skills that helped me build a very successful career and continue to benefit me in volunteer and political activities.
2011 Foreign Language
From Onslow County
It was more than a summer program. It wasn’t just six weeks of school, it was six weeks of mental rehab. I saw first hand how some people came in shy and left extremely outgoing and confident and more willing to get involved back home. It’s not just about the people who you meet who help you grow, it’s about how you as a person open yourself up to the world little by little. GSE was a wonderful gateway to pass through.
2011 Natural Science
From Davidson County
It taught me how to learn about more than simple school subjects; Governor’s School taught me about life.
2011 Inst. Music
From Forsyth County
I see everything differently now. I am more self-motivated in school and question things I’ve never questioned before.
2011 Math
From Buncombe County
GS gave me the social and academic setting to allow me to find who I really am as a person and student. I now have a deep love for mathematics, and I am certain of myself as a person. It has changed my life in a way that no other institution in high school could, and it would be a shame to take that away from other students whom wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise.
1994 Inst. Music
From Cumberland County
GS was enlightening because it exposed me to new ideas, new people and new ways of learning. Many people might imagine GS as a place to improve skills in arts or language, math or science. It is certainly that, but not only that. GS reassured me. Spending that time with such invested faculty reminded me that questioning and experimenting were valuable learning methods. Spending time with such gifted peers challenged me to be better. I am a better person in almost every way because of GS.
1994 Natural Science
From Washington County
I believe it was critical in my future success and allowed for me to be accepted for early admissions at NCSU and UNC-CH. The friendships made and the experiences I had at Governor’s School West were some of the best in my life.
2007 Dance
From Mecklenburg County
I met my best friends at Governors school, and discovered that I love modern dance, which I am still active in.
1972 English
From Montgomery County
GS taught me to interact with the larger world and to see people as like me regardless of skin color, nationality, or religious belief. It taught me that we can make a difference for good in our world. It taught me that it is OK to be a girl and be smart.
2010 Math
From Gaston County
It was by far the best experience that I’ve ever had. I currently one of the top 5 ranked liberal arts colleges in the country and, although I’m having an absolutely incredible experience here, it doesn’t even start to compare to the experience I had at Governor’s School.
1963 Inst. Music
From Lenoir County
I served as an appointed public official in NC for 7 years.
2011 Choral Music
From Wake County
It made me realize that singing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and it made me feel like a part of something bigger than me. It reminded me that Cary, NC isn’t the only place I will ever be and I’m so blessed to live the life I live.
2011 English
From Durham County
Governor’s School made a radical impact on my life; it helped me to establish my moral beliefs, my attitude towards learning, and my thoughts in so many other important areas. Ultimately, Governor’s School truly solidified my identity.
2011 Math
From Pitt County
Governor’s School made the biggest difference in my life.
2011 Inst. Music
From Orange County
Governor’s School is the only place where I have ever felt comfortable being myself.
2011 Math
From Iredell County
GS helped me to realize that I could listen to others’ views and understand their views without necessarily changing my own views or beliefs.
1988 Inst. Music
From Wake County
I was able to experiment with new ideas and events which impacted choices I made in college and beyond. Many of the ideas I use in my classes today started at Governor’s School. The friends and contacts I made there were invaluable. Some of my best friends were met there and I continue to cherish the role they have in my life today.
2011 English
From Henderson County
Governor’s School was the best educational experience of my life thus far.
1971 Natural Science
From Madison County
I was awarded with a Morehead Scholarship at UNC from 1972-6, and I have no doubt, from the questions I was asked during the interviews, and from the answers I was able to provide, that having the experience of attending Governor’s School made a huge difference, preparing me for intellectual interactions that helped me earn the scholarship.
1963 English
From Randolph County
Please note that I did not apply for financial aid for undergraduate school–things were very different in 1963!
1998 English
From Buncombe County
I was a very shy and timid teenager in some ways; GS showed me that leaving home and attending university outside my hometown was something I would enjoy and be able to handle well – prompting me to apply to schools I might not have otherwise considered due to distance from my hometown. It helped me to look forward to attending university rather than dread the change in circumstances.
1981 Choral Music
From Granville County
GS helped me to explore what it was going to be like to think about the world and how I was going to interact and make a difference in that world.
2008 Social Science
From Craven County
Governor’s School inspired me to pursue education as a career. Because of my experience, I am studying at UNC to be a public school teacher in the state of North Carolina.
2009 Math
From Surry County
It was an excellent opportunity to foster friendships and a desire for education.
2010 Choral Music
From Iredell County
Governor’s School was the BEST thing that ever happened to me. I changed as a person and as a member of society. I feel that after GS I can contribute more positively to society.
2011 Art
From Pamlico County
I had trouble enjoying myself at times while at GSW. I felt that six weeks was too long. Now, almost 8 months later, I regret not taking full advantage of the experience.
2004 Choral Music
From Catawba County
Governor’s School expanded my horizons. It challenged me to think critically from alternative perspectives I would not have had the opportunity to consider independently or in a regular public education experience.
2011 Math
From Forsyth County
Without a doubt
2011 Choral Music
From Wake County
It taught me that other people are just as smart as I am and that sometimes I should actually listen to them
2011 Natural Science
From Pitt County
It opened my mind to the pure possibility thatveas always around and within me.
2011 Choral Music
From Forsyth County
By far, GSW was the most impactful event of my life, and I am forever grateful for the relationships I made, the teachers who imparted their wisdom on me, and the overall summer I spent at Salem College.
2011 Natural Science
From Watauga County
I value my life more. I seek the beauty in life. I seek to stretch my mind and my curiosity. I have close friends that I can count on that I would not have if I had not had this experience. People at GS loved me for who I truly am; they allowed me to find myself. GS taught me how to celebrate beauty, intelligence, and creativity.
1965 Choral Music
From Alamance County
GS was the most significant, formative experience of my early years, and shaped my entire educational and work experience for the remainder of my life – it was both formative and transformational.
2002 English
From Davidson County
GSE was the best summer of my life. I really became who I am. I also feel like I solidified my beliefs and why I believed that.
2011 English
From Henderson County
Governor’s School was the best thing that ever happened to me. It transformed me into a confident, intellectually curious, eloquent young woman.
2002 Foreign Language
From Stokes County
I still consider GS to be one of the most important experiences of my life–intellectually, spiritually, socially, and pragmatically. My Area I study was Spanish, and I currently serve as the only bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist for the Charleston County School District in SC. I attended UNC-CH and the University of Texas, and my studies in Spanish and work in the community during GS laid the foundation for my professional career. I regularly visit NC and contribute to its economy.
1980 Choral Music
From Guilford County
It was the first opportunity in my academic career where “smart kids” were appreciated and celebrated. It was the first time that I had been able to ‘be myself’ and be accepted. It challenged me to be more than I had been – both academically and socially.
2010 Math
From Person County
I cannot even begin to express how much GS helped changed and shaped me for the future.
2011 Inst. Music
From Mecklemburg County
I pray every night that I could go back and re-live Governor’s School because it was the best experiance of my entire life
1974 Natural Science
From Edgecombe County
It opened my eyes to greater possibilities and motivated me to seek a career in science and medicine. It also motivated me to seek the mosr challenging and best education available….. hence my decision to pursue undergraduate education at the USNA and medical school at Duke Univesity (funcded by the U.S. Navy). Almond J. Drake, III
2011 Social Science
From Union County
Absolutely. See testimony below.
2011 Inst. Music
From Guilford County
Without GS, I would have never opened my eyes to the wide range of talented individuals in North Carolina.
2010 Choral Music
From Wake County
I learned what it was like to be in an environment where everyone I interacted with was excited to learn and eager to explore. I was encouraged by my peers and teachers to stretch the limits of my mind and try new things and step out of my comfort zone. Because of this opportunity, I am forever grateful.
2004 Art
From Forsyth County
If it weren’t for my experience as a student at Governor’s School I would not have been bold enough to pursue my dreams of being an artist.
2011 Math
From Randolph County
It’s very difficult to sum everything up in 500 characters. It truly broadens horizons in a way that no other academic organization can. It opened my eyes academically and socially. I believe that because I had the privilege to spend 6 weeks with some of the most talented students from across the state, I am now a better student and member of society.
2011 English
From Buncombe County
Governor’s School introduced me to a new line of thinking. Because of my experiences with the program, I now regard the world in terms of others, as opposed to just myself. In a more tangible sense, I am sure that my participation in the program gave me a huge advantage when it came time to apply for college and scholarships. GS gave me a confidence and an advantage that I will never forget.
1970 Natural Science
From Guilford County
I received a James M. Johnston scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill. I had also received a smaller scholarship to Duke University, but chose to go to Chapel Hill. Without that money, it is possible I would have been financially unable to finish my college degree.
2011 Math
From Person County
I am an overall better person because of Governor’s School. I’m more confident and more motivated. I’m more interested in learning, and less interested in what others think about me. I am constantly looking for and recognizing the talent around me that I never knew existed before. Governor’s School definitely changed my life for the better.
1963 Natural Science
From Catawba County
My GS experience certainly was a significant positive influence in my choice of a career in teaching and research in chemistry.
1976 Math
From Dare County
I met my husband at GS. We continue to maintain friendships founded at GS. We have supported GS in developing Alumni group and this recent financial initiative. We have both had multiple other leadership and life-shaping opportunities and still believe GS ranks near the top.
2005 Theater
From Caldwell County
I’m not sure that I can stress this point enough: attending Governor’s School was one of the best and most rewarding experiences I have ever had. In the 6 years since I left I have been effected every day by something I learned there or a connection I made. I have lived with several fellow students, and have worked with several of my Governor’s School teachers in the professional world.
2003 Choral Music
From Wake County
GSE gave me a new perspective on life, made me a more whole person and introduced me to an outstanding network of friends.
1984 English
From Rowan County
My Governor’s School experience was my first glimpse of what college could be like. It was the first chance I had to be with other students who were as smart as I was. It was also the first time I was asked to think beyond the classic curriculum from my high school. Governor’s School helped create a network of friends who have been colleagues and friends for more than 26 years.
2011 Art
From Stokes County
Governor’s School really helped me focus on learning and helped me grow as an individual. It showed me that it doesn’t take long to build strong relationships and helped me to break down social barriers.
1997 Inst. Music
From Mecklenburg County
I am self-employed as a music teacher and performer. Some of the things I learned at Governor’s school, I continue to pass on to my own students in their study of music. In addition, I fostered some relationships there with people whom I now consider colleagues – musicians and venue owners.
1989 English
From Forsyth County
It created a great opportunity to be exposed to so many different people than the ones I grew up with a home. It allowed me to spread my wings, helped kme get to know myself better without being pigeon-holed, and opened my mind to new possibilities/experiences.
1994 Art
From Forsyth County
Beyond any other K-12 experience, GS provided me with a freedom to be my own nerdy self. GS was a sanctuary of nerds, if you will. I know that so many of us were ostracized (if not bullied) in high school and were also limited by high school’s opportunities. GS was a place to think and be outside of the box. I am amazed at what my GS friends and I have accomplished. I am proud of how many of us have worked to have a positive impact on our communities.
1986 Math
From Catawba County
Absolutely!
2010 Social Science
From Hyde County
500 characters isn’t nearly enough for me to describe how much GS changed me but what I can say is that it helped me figure out how I can impact the world around me in a positive way, showed me what I want to do with the rest of my life, and introduced me to some of the most important people in my life.
1975 English
From Anson County
I grew up in a rural N.C. county, where I stood out at an early age as a bright, gifted girl. I soon learned to keep quiet in school to avoid getting picked on and to fit in. But at Governor’s School, my talents were cultivated, celebrated. I was challenged and pushed to ask new questions. I began to demand more of myself and of others. I became an award-winning journalist who spent her career fighting to tell the stories worth telling. Governor’s School changed my life. Yes it did.
2008 Theater
From New Hanover County
It opened my mind to an entire segment of theatrical performance that I had never heard of before and immediately fell in love with!
1983 Natural Science
From Wilkes County
It was the best educational experience of my life.
2009 Natural Science
From Durham County
It still remains one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
1993 Choral Music
From Charlotte-Mecklenburg County
Yes GS was a great addition to my resume, but it helped me come out of my shell, make connections, get an academic scholarship to college, and create the teacher that I am today. I went to GS for choral music, became a choral director in the public school system, and now teach music in an arts magnet school in NC (grades 6-12). For the past decade I have also served as the residence life director at GS’s sister program Summer Ventures in Science & Math. GS impacted me tremendously!!
2004 Social Science
From Catawba County
Governor’s School taught myself and other students to think for ourselves. The hardest lesson we came to learn was simultaneously trusting and questioning our leaders, but this is possibly the most critical core concept of success throughout life. Furthermore, some students come from areas where academics are not held in high regard. Governor’s school taught us all to embrace and appreciate intellect and the pursuit of knowledge.
1993 Inst. Music
From Forsyth County
YES YES YES The single most positive experience of my childhood!
2009 Social Science
From Orange County
GS gave me the opportunity and resources to learn about ideas and concepts not covered in public school curriculum. GS also encouraged me to think and perceive the world in new ways.
2009 Natural Science
From Darw County
GS absolutely had a positive effect on my life. I would not have gotten the Morehead-Cain Scholarship without it but more importantly I would not have the expanded view of the world I do now.
2009 Inst. Music
From Wake County
I am about three years removed from Governor’s School, but it is still a visible aspect of my life every day! Because of GSE, I was awarded the Park Scholarship at NC State, I decided to major in Philosophy, I am actively pursuing public education advocacy/research. Also, I met my girlfriend of two and a half years at GSE 2009.
2009 Inst. Music
From Wilson County
I not only rise to the challenge more often, but I can stand in front of a crowd and feel like I actually have the ability to please each and every person standing before me. I have been honored, and I will never take that for granted.
2010 Dance
From Chatham County
At Governor’s School, I found myself. I began to love learning again and found my passion (dance). The experience has completely shaped the person I am today, from my ideals to my personality.
2009 Natural Science
From McDowell County
Governor’s School expanded my horizons, taught me to think critically, and helped me get into a North Carolina college. Its impact upon my life is immeasurable and overwhelmingly positive.
2004 Math
From Rockingham County
It introduced me to people who shaped the person I ve become, both the GS faculty and other students- people that inspire and encourage me to do all that I can. It also encouraged me to think deeper and ask tougher questions about the world around me.
1990 Art
From Guilford County
I became more confident, cared less about what others thought of me, made more amazing friendships. I learned to be less afraid of mistakes and failure. I had been fairly apathetic about my school work for a long time unless I was challenged and interested. I was able to skate by without much work. Governors School made me realize how much I loved academics and that there was a better way out there. I could not WAIT for college. If I could be a professional student in many areas, I would.
1989 Math
From Franklin County
I can do matrix algebra in my head, and that’s about all I got out of Governor’s School.
1981 Inst. Music
From Harnett County
Governor’s School was one of the most important and life-changing experiences during my formative years. It helped me to understand that there was a much bigger world out there! I am indebted to that program and hope that it will continue to make such a difference for NC youth.
1989 Math
From Anson County
I grew up in a small rural community. Governor’s school was my first experience among peers with equal interest in learning. GS expanded my view of the world and my place in it. I became aware of higher standards and adjusted my personal goals upwards as a result.
1979 Choral Music
From Cumberland County
Challenged my thinking. Developed logic skills that prepared me for my career. Expanded my artistic interest to a life-long pursuit avocationally if not vocationally.
1998 Choral Music
From Wake County
High school was miserable…i didn’t feel like i could relate to my classmates, since i was so academically inclined. GSW was the light at the end of the tunnel…my first experience with a place where i wasn’t a social outcast because i cared about my classes, or cared about learning things in my spare time.
2009 Art
From Forsyth County
The experience I had at GS is invaluable. It most definitely affects my everyday in how I think, act and present myself. There is no way to measure the influential life experiences, ideas and lessons I learned that will carry with me for the rest of my life. I would not have such the creative edge that drives my education now in architecture school if it were not for GS.
2011 Choral Music
From Pitt County
Governor School is not just a summer camp – this 6 week program changes lives. It opens the minds of students and surrounds them with a diverse group of equally driven students, allowing for constant opportunity for intellectual, social, and creative growth. It was the best summer of my life, and I’d do anything to go back!
2007 Art
From Forsyth County
Trying to contain this to 500 characters is impossible. GS was a turning point in my life where I realized that I was worth something to the world and it was also where I discovered that I have a work ethic. I began to take more responsibility in my life and now I’m incredibly proud of my resume, my self-esteem, and my ability to see everyone as individuals with common goals and shared experiences.
2004 Dance
From Iredell County
I went to Governor’s School under the impression that George W. Bush was a good president. All jokes aside, I hadn’t been exposed to the lessons of injustice until I went to Governors School and learned of many socio-economic inequalities. Governors School taught me to pay attention to current events and to view the world compassionately. Governors School inspired me to pursue current events and politics. I embark upon the beginning of my career with the intention of fighting the good fight.
2007 Social Science
From Stokes County
Governor’s School educated me in a way that traditional school consistently failed—it taught me how to connect events that have happened and are happening in an interdisciplinary way.
2008 Social Science
From Forsyth County
Without a doubt the most important educational catalyst in high school. The experience left me with a desire to pursue more than the “test” and to work hard to get the most out of my education. GSW taught me to ask questions and more importantly how to pursue answers
2011 Natural Science
From Alamance County
It expanded my worldview and opened my eyes to the many ways that academic and artist disciplines interconnect in modern society. Thanks to GS, I learned that their are still frontiers in all the major disciplines that have yet to be explored.
2003 Math
From Lincoln County
I am positive that Governor’s School helped me get into college and helped me secure a comprehensive, merit-based scholarship.
1990 Theater
From New Hanover County
GS allowed me to spend an extended period of time with peers from a wide range of backgrounds. I encountered so many new ideas, both inside and outside of class, and was challenged–and accepted–in ways I never was in high school.
1972 Choral Music
From Mecklenburg County
Beyond yes – it made me realize that there were others like me. We were all different, and yet the same. I thrived on the challenges, learned more in 7 weeks than could ever be imagined, and made friends who have lasted my entire life so far. How can that not change a life in a positive way!
1984 Art
From Guilford County
Absolutley. Exposure to new ideas, alternatives, new community, skills, self-confidence, wider possibilities, people very different from me. **Earlier item re field of work didn’t have mine: editor at research organization.**
1987 Theater
From Craven County
I am who I am in no small part because of Governor’s School. I became interested in injustices and inequalities as a result of my experiences at Governor’s School. When I went to U.N.C.-Chapel Hill, I became friends with a house-full of med school students. We discovered that all but one of those students had attended Governor’s School. Our ways of seeing the world had all been positively influenced by attending Governor’s School.
2009 Theater
From Caldwell County
GS renewed my thirst to go out and make a change at a time when it is easy to get “tired” of feeling like your views are falling on deaf ears. It was such a positive experience; one of the best experiences and I am thoroughly convinced I would not be where I am today, a successful UNC-Chapel Hill double-major sophomore who is employed by Housing, and has made the Dean’s List twice, without the experience of GS.
2005 Natural Science
From Rowan County
Coming from a small NC town where the norm was to NOT go to college, Governor’s School showed me that that I wasn’t alone. There were other intelligent high schoolers interested in going to college and making something of themselves.
1989 Theater
From Cleveland County
GS opened my eyes to new people and cultures that I would never have experienced in Shelby at that young age. This, and the leadership and team-building experiences at GS led me to realize that only as part of a greater whole would I ever have the impact I am capable of.
2000 Theater
From New Hanover County
I work as a beer importer/theater director, and I have created a food and performance series linking local food artisans and local artists. I learned how to think outside the box and stretch myself artistically because of Governor’s School, and it gave me the courage to pursue an artistic dream.
1992 Inst. Music
From Pitt County
I can say, without hesitation, that I would not be who I am today without Governor’s School.
1999 Theater
From Yadkin County
Because of GSW99, I was the first person in my family to attend/graduate from college and hold a white-collar job.
2001 Natural Science
From Tyrrell County
Governor’s School had a major impact on my life exposing me do different points of view and encouraging me to think about difficult issues before forming my own opinion.
1992 English
From Burke County
It would be impossible to overstate the impact of Governor’s School on my life. I had hardly traveled outside my home county before Governor’s School. Through the program I was able to get to know amazing instructors and presenters doing fascinating things. I left with a new sense of possibility and excitement about learning. I also made deep connections with interesting people all over the state and have enjoyed keeping in touch with them over the years.
1991 English
From Wayne County
changed how I viewed myself and the world…showed me options and opportunities….I also met the man I married (9 years later) at Governor’s School
2008 Choral Music
From Durham County
I tell everyone who will listen that Governor’s School changed the way I think about education, the world, myself and others. It has had a lasting effect on my perception of my own ability to pursue and enact change. I am an active learner who is searching to help my community, and GS was a major player in that. Because of the program I attended while at Governor’s School, I’m on track to become a public defender in North Carolina.
1981 English
From Pasquotank County
I came from a small town in eastern NC that didn’t have many of the educational advantages of urban areas. For example, my high school offered no AP classes. Governor’s School taught me not only about the wider world that was open to me, but made me believe that I could survive — and thrive — in a rigorous academic setting in college.
1989 Choral Music
From Cabarrus County
Governor’s School opened my eyes to see the possibilities for myself in the world outside my local community. It showed me that music is my passion and I wanted to spend my life sharing it with others.
1979 Math
From Halifax County
Broadened horizons Made lifelong friendships Challenged my learning
1992 Natural Science
From Alamance County
Professionally and personally (met my wife there)
1966 Choral Music
From Mecklenburg County
I cannot begin to tell you the impact GS’66 has made on my life. It not only opened doors that might have remained shut, it opened my mind to new ideas, gave me new epxeriences and made me a better, more well rounded person. All of this I have carried through my adult life.
2003 English
From Polk County
I was exposed to challenging concepts and learned a great deal. I also had the opportunity to make lifelong friends who have helped mold and shape me into the person I am today.
2004 English
From Cabarrus County
As a “gifted” student, I often felt left out in my public high school. Governor’s School gave me pride and instilled in me the confidence I needed to return to high school and continue being successful. The classes were exceptionally helpful in preparing me for college courses as well.
1992 English
From Gates County
Absolutely. I grew up in a very rural area. Going to GS helped expand my horizons. There were not, and unfortunately, still are not many opportunities for diverse experiences in the small community in which I grew up. I met my husband at GS and went on to become a Teaching Fellow, work in public schools, organize a community to fight against an environmental hazard, and adopt a child from abroad.
2011 Natural Science
From Alamance County
It didn’t change it negatively
1991 Natural Science
From Person County
Governor’s School was such an amazing experience for me. It was here that I realized that it was okay to be smart. It was okay to love learning. I grew up in a very small town where it wasn’t cool to be smart. In Governor’s School, I found acceptance and knowledge. I loved my classes and I loved the people I met that summer. It truly is still one of the highlights of my life.
1978 English
From Robeson County
Governor’s School changed the way that I looked at life 180 degrees. I left with a sense of self-worth and pride that I had not had before. I was challenged to stretch my thinking for the first time. I was exposed to subjects that my small rural high school did not have. I realized for the first time since I had been in elementary school that “being smart” was a good thing. I’m not sure what would have happened to me without this experience, but I’m sure that it made my life better.
1986 Inst. Music
From Pitt County
It connected me with like-minded people at a formative time in my life.
1993 Math
From Burke County
It gave me an early glimpse into the importance of diversity and inclusive meritocracy.
2011 Foreign Language
From Johnston County
No question about it. ABSOLUTELY. Because of Governor’s School, I am able to make a stronger impact on my community and hopefully the world because of what this summer program has taught me. It helped me become more open-minded and gave me the foundation needed to hopefully create a better world for our future generation.
1974 Social Science
From Vance County
The exposure to other talented students and teachers was incredibly valuable for a kid from a small town in a rural county in North Carolina. It was eye-opening to see the other students’ achievements, goals and aspirations, as well as to be exposed to a high quality of teacher.
1996 Math
From Guilford County
Governor’s School changed my life by exposing me to a depth of knowledge that I never would have been aware of during high school. Also, the prestige and honor associated with being accepted to Governor’s School gave me confidence that I was not just academically gifted relative to students in my home town, but that my academic talents were universal. As a result, I had a greater belief in my ability to achieve, and therefore pursued more in college and in my career.
1963 and 1964 Art
From Mecklenburg County
Made me committed to my study area and reinforced my belief that one could make a living in that discipline, which coupled with being an educator in my discipline I have continued for 40 years.
2006 English
From New Hanover County
Best and most enlightening experience of my adolescence by far
2011 Art
From Wake County
Governor’s School was by far the single most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. It gave me a whole new sense of self confidence and self awareness. I’ve learned to view the world through more open eyes and accept people no matter how different or similar they may be. I learned that just because I’m smart or gifted does not mean I’m any different than anyone else. Governor’s School is an experience that can and does change the lives of those who attend it.
2011 Choral Music
From Surry County
Governor’s School has had a profound impact on my life and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be challenged and expand my knowledge in such an incredibly supportive environment.
1996 Inst. Music
From Guilford County
The experiences I had while I attended GSW, were hands down some of the best times of my life. To this day, I am still friends with some of the people I met at Governor’s School. I learned lessons both inside and outside the classroom, and I carry them with me today. What made the program wonderful was that it offered gifted kids a change to grow in their respective fields and meet kids from all over the state. And the program did it without adding any burden on their parents.
1988 English
From Union County
I attended GS West in English. It was my first experience being in a room with college professors of literature; I was attending a crummy public high school in a rural district. I am now a Yale Ph.D. and professor of American literature at the University of Virginia. Governor’s School tremendously expanded my sense of what was out in the world and what sorts of vocational paths were possible.
2011 Social Science
From Davie County
My GS experience revolutionized my thinking and completely changed me as a person. It was one of the best times of my life and I never regret for a second the six weeks I spent learning and having fun there.
2004 Natural Science
From Pender County
Governor’s school helped a lot with my liberal arts education. It helped build my foundation in understanding ethics and philosophy. It helped me to think outside of the box with lateral thinking.
2011 Natural Science
From Carteret County
Yes. I met two very close friends who have personally changed my life and have supported me. I learned what it’s really like to be on an equal level with the teacher, and really have a discussion. It was the best summer of my life. I will take things I learned there with me to the future.
1981 Social Science
From Cleveland County
Many of my fellow high school students were not really very engaged in learning. At GS I met other students with a sincere desire to learn. I also found an environment where I felt more at home than I had in my own high school. Don’t misunderstand me, I enjoyed high school, but GS was sort of a “college lite” experience. Actually, a better than college experience because it did not include the burdens and expectations that come with being in college.
1979 Natural Science
From Davie County
Leadership development Development of forward thinking Life long friends and contacts
2009 Choral Music
From Mecklenburg County
This experience was amazing.
1979 Natural Science
From Lenoir County
I was shy, lacked confidence, and had few friends until GS. Not only did the experience open my eyes to a world of opportunities, it prepared me to take advantage of them. I can truly say that everything that happened to me after the summer of 1979 was different, and better, because of Governor’s School.
2011 Social Science
From Rutherford County
GS was the best experience of my life. I learned, lived, loved, and matured there in an environment unlike any I have ever encountered. I was challenged, stimulated, and accepted. It has forever left a positive impact on my life, and the experiences I took away from it will forever color who I am and what I do. GS was my home for 6 brief weeks, yet I felt more at home there than the place I’ve lived for all 17+ years of my life. I will forever cherish that experience in my heart.
1972 Choral Music
From Haywood County
One of my favorite resume bullets! One of the very best times of life. Will always be a part of me. Helped me to be a thinker, a doer, an educator, a builder, a dreamer, etc.
1971 Art
From Wake County
It encouraged my instinctual feelings towards a career in art and scholarship, and my confirmed my commitment to education.
2000 Inst. Music
From Johnston County
I attended GSE at Meredith in 2000. GS did almost as much to prepare me for college as my entire 4 years of high school. While at GSE I fell in love with Meredith’s campus & it was my first choice for college. Attending & graduating from Meredith was the best choice I could have made. Being a Meredith grad helped me land my first job, but the foundation started at GS prepared me for college and success in the workforce.
2001 Natural Science
From Wilkes County
Governor’s School was the first time that this small town farm girl really experienced people who were different than myself and started to understand what the world outside my community was like. It set me on a path to continue discovering new aspects of this work and seeking to understand others. I now work in education to help today’s children understand their world, each other, and the opportunities available to them. Thank you Governor’s School!
1997 Foreign Language
From Vance County
In retrospect, there was a lot about my high school education that was stagnating before I went to GSW. I came away from the experience excited about learning and eagerly looking forward to college.
1981 Choral Music
From Guilford County
My time at GS came at a critical time in my teens, a time when I struggled with my place among my peers. I learned that there were others out there that were more like me and who would accept me for who I was. It gave me the confidence to transform myself and to look beyond the small rural community of my birth.
1965 Social Science
From Yadkin County
I was from a small town and small high school. Before GS, I had never been to ballet or orchestra performances. Introduction to the arts was one of the most valuable experiences I had at GS.
1995 Math
From Forsyth County
Governor’s School introduced me to Ethics, which influenced my decision to obtain a degree in Computer Ethics from NC State. It also introduced me to Number Theory which I still use in my computer programming and work activities.
1978 Choral Music
From Carteret County
I will never forget it.
1990 English
From Gaston County
Made one of best friends there! I also gained confidence in my abilities and learned that I could live away from home.
1987 Foreign Language
From Guilford County
I met my best friend, best man at GSW. My memories and the time away from home is a major piece to my adult development. My wife attended in 1988 and we often discuss our experiences.
1987 Math
From Moore County
Governor’s School was a vital, eye-opening experience for me. Without it, I would not have been as open to future educational experiences.
1993 Choral Music
From Guilford County
I made lifelong friends. I continue to sing to this day due to my experience in Governor’s School. I got the opportunity to sing internationally.
2006 English
From Durham County
It’s hard to put into words the effect that Governor’s School had on me. I think I wasn’t so keen on my experience while I was there: I took everything for granted and was overly critical of my peers. The older I get, however, the more I realize what an enormous and positive effect it had on my life. So that right there shows one thing I learned at Governor’s School that made my life better: I learned that the value of some very important things can only be appraised with time and wisdom.
1989 Math
From Union County
Going to GS was one of the most positive and defining moments of my life. I grew up in rural NC and GS was my first exposure to debates on controversial issues, the arts, and highly intelligent peers. GS prompted me to pursue government service as a career, and I’ve proudly served in the Federal government for over 12 years.
2011 English
From Polk County
Undoubtedly; it affects my choices and my way of thinking every day.
2007 Choral Music
From Gaston County
It changed my life. I went for choral music but after seeing the art that come from the program I decided I wanted to go to an art school to become a graphic designer. The people that I was surrounded by were some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It was an amazing experience that I would not wish to trade for anything in the world.
2011 English
From Rowan County
GS helped me become the person I am today. I feel as if GS merely awakened my dormant self: I was awoken to a new perspective and a more confident outlook on life. Though I’m not sure what it is I want to do with my life, I know that my experiences at GS will help direct me toward a brightening future.
2001 Theater
From Wake County
I felt much better prepared to succeed in college as a result of the social and intellectual atmosphere cultivated at GSE.
1999 Foreign Language
From Robeson County
GS is one of the most life-changing experiences for North Carolina students. I not only attended GS as a student, but had the wonderful opportunity to work at GS and give back to a place that has been–and will continue to be–one of the most instrumental education programs I know.
1977 Choral Music
From Alamance County
I am a singer/musician. While I was in high school I always felt like I was the ‘odd man out.’ When I went to Governor’s School it was the first time in my entire school experience where I felt I fit in. There were people there who were just as serious and just as passionate as I was about the world in general and music in particular.
2011 Theater
From McDowell County
GS helped open my mind not only to new ways of thinking, but also to the idea that there are people everywhere looking to change the world.
2009 Dance
From Wake County
GSW changed everything. I am so thankful for the experience and cannot say enough about what a positive impact it had on my life.
2009 Theater
From Iredell County
Oh mygod. Yes. A resounding yes that I can’t even describe.
2004 Foreign Language
From Wake County
I met my husband there! And some of my best friends. I’ve never had a more wonderful summer.
1990 English
From Guilford County
GSE was my first time staying away from home for more than one or two nights — it was an incredible experience for building independence and leadership skills and for opening my eyes to broader issues across the state.
1989 Natural Science
From New Hanover County
It gave me the confidence to know that I could thrive with other people my age who stood out. We shared similar frustrations and I still maintain friendships that started at GS
1986 English
From Forsyth County
It broadened my horizons. Now I see that it helped me understand the state of North Carolina, although I don´t think I realized it at the time.
1997 English
From Buncombe County
It was the best summer of my life — pushed the boundaries of my 16 y/o mind, exposed me to new writing I had never heard of, ideas I didn’t think of, friends and people I never would have met otherwise. New loves, new ideas, new opinions – totally mind-blowing.
1990 Social Science
From Cumberland County
GS remains one of the best experiences of my life – even after traveling the world I find it provided incredible exposure to ideas and stimulating thinking that I have rarely discovered elsewhere!
1979 Math
From Caldwell County
There is no doubt in my mind that Governor’s School has had a major, positive impact on my life and career.
1987 Theater
From UNION County
My current best male friend and best female friend are people I met at GSW’87. Though I don’t live in NC now, I was co-owner of a business there from 1997 to 2008. GSW gave me courage to be myself, different, thoughtful, and mindful. I continue to volunteer in community theater, as an actress and behind the scenes, and did so in NC with such notable theatres as Raleigh Little Theater until I left in 2008.
2011 Art
From Moore County
GSW has made me incredibly more open minded, and has stimulated a curiosity for learning. Through GSW I continue to appreciate the power of the mind, and what is possible with our intellect. GSW is filled with talented and intelligent students and staff and was exactly the environment that I desire – other students that are interested in the world around them and strive to be hard workers and problem solvers; actively enjoying the world around them and wanting to get to know each other.
1997 Foreign Language
From Carteret County
You have NO IDEA – I attended GSW ’97 for Spanish – and although I was the weakest student in the class at the time, I persisted and studied, eventually earning my Bachelor’s in Romance Languages for Spanish and my MAEd in Foreign Language Education. I am now in my 9th year of teaching high school Spanish at Croatan High School.
2005 Inst. Music
From cumberland County
GSE positively impacted my life in many ways, from choosing to work with dementia patients to pursuing a minor in philosophy. I would also like to mention the largest impact GSE has had on my life, and that would be meeting my husband (and best friend) who also attended GSE 2005. We have now been married for one year.
2010 Theater
From Cabarrus County
Governor’s School has and will continue to have tremendously positive impacts on my everyday life. I learned so much and literally tear up every time I get the chance to tell other about my time I got to spend learning and growing as a person. It’s a time I wouldn’t trade for anything and one I wish on every student who is given the opportunity to experience it.
2004 Dance
From Wake County
GS was an amazing experience that helped me to succeed by helping me to learn more about myself while exposing me to some of the best and brightest students in NC.
2011 English
From Henderson County
At Governor’s School I grew more intellectually, socially, and personally than in the previous 17 years of my life.
2010 Social Science
From Surry County
I can not even describe the extent of the positive impact Governor’s School has had on my life. I grew socially and intellectually all while having the time of my life. Instead of being academically held back (like I had been my entire life in public school) I was surrounded by the best and brightest who pushed me for the first time to do my best. Of all my life experiences Governor’s School had the biggest impact on helping me find the person I am meant to be.
2005 Natural Science
From Buncombe County
My life was completely changed by GS. I came out of the closet at GS, which, though my parents were really unhappy, essentially has enabled me to pursue my life’s passions freed of that. I was challenged to critically engage the world around me, something that continues to change the way I see the world. GS was a huge gift for me, and I spend much of my time trying to figure out how to spread that gift to others.
2004 Math
From Macon County
I came from a really small town where my goals and academic needs couldn’t necessarily always be met. GS gave me an opportunity to explore these areas but more importantly let me know that it was ok that I felt that way and there were other like-minded people out there.
2006 Inst. Music
From Wake County
Since I attended Governor’s School, I was able to determine the right career path for me. Like the faculty at GSW, I decided to attend Oberlin Conservatory and recently graduated with a B.M in music performance. Here I have had amazing opportunities and have found myself musically and as a person. I am now looking forward to continuing my education next fall with a Master’s of Music.
2011 Choral Music
From Buncombe County
it broadened my horizons massively. It made me realize that there’s an entire world outside of North Carolina, that there are problems with the world that you can help fix. It taught me that i can make a difference, that i do have a voice, and that there are people willing to listen.
2004 Inst. Music
From Edgecombe County
Wonderful experience and opportunity to get exposure to world and people outside of small town rural area.
1980 Math
From Currituck County
Living in rural NC in the 70s & 80s, I was in a sheltered environment. Governor’s school gave me invaluable experiences in working with students across the state. It also helped prepare me to live away from home as I would when I attended UNC-CH. It was academically challenging and that help me prepare for what I would face in the years ahead. Since I was at the top of my high school, I thought all schools were like mine. I am glad that I had this invaluable opportunity.
2004 Inst. Music
From Transylvania County
My GS experience guided me towards/made possible my choices for college majors.
1971 Natural Science
From Mecklenburg County
Nothing but positive things to say about GS. Mind-opening, life-expanding, amazingly challenging, and ever rewarding.
2010 Inst. Music
From Alamance County
As a music student, Governor’s School helped me to realize my goals of composing by exposing me to wide varieties of it. I have written over 100 sheets of music since I attended Governor’s School in 2010 as a direct result of attending. Some of this music has been played in my community by music students.
1971. I live in Greensbo
From Bertie County
GS began the confidence I have today, and the belief I still have that I can make a difference in my state and my community.
1993 Choral Music
From Guilford County
I went to Governor’s School West for Choral Music. I sang in chorus in college, and after taking some time off from school, I recently graduated from UNCG with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies! I know that GSW helped to motivate me at a very young age. Thank you.
2011 Social Science
From Hertford County
Never before have i met such a group of kind intellectual people who accepted me for who I am. They allowed me to be who I always was without fear of judgement. They allowed me explore new ideas qndo gave key a family I could never forget.
2006 Theater
From Cleveland County
Governor’s School was the first experience I had that opened my mind and my awareness to the beautfy of diversity of thought. The program taught me basic skills to prepare me for college, but it also taught me to appreciate others for who they are, to willingly listen to ideas different from my own, and to willingly question my own beliefs in an effort to validate or invalidate them.
2010 Inst. Music
From Wake County
GS has helped me expand my mind in ways unimaginable. I am so open minded now and strive to search for ways to explore different cultures.
2004 Choral Music
From New Hanover County
This is, if anything, a gross understatement. I quite literally would not be nearly the person I am today had I not attended the Governor’s School. The experiences I had, the ideas I was exposed to, and the people I met have shaped my life in ways I never thought possible.
2003 Natural Science
From Mecklenburg County
Governor’s School was one of the most positive, enriching, interesting, fun, eye-opening, and intellectually-stimulating times of my life. I cannot begin to list the number of ways that my life and my education have been augmented by the things I learned and experiences I had at Governor’s School. Some of the friends I made there I still count as among my best.
1963 Inst. Music
From Davidson County
Profoundly! The GS was my ticket to a much wider world in the arts and education. Because of the incredible teaching and exposure to the highest levels in the arts, literature, philosophy, I fell in love with learning, with the arts and with intellectual pursuits, got a full scholarship to an Ivy League college, played in a world-class Dutch orchestra, taught at a world-class conservatory in New York and returned in 1986 to NC to teach, perform and administrate at Salem College.
1975 Foreign Language
From Cumberland County
It was the best educational experience of my years in NC (K- 2 years at UNC)
2011 Choral Music
From Wake County
GS helped me become independent in the ways I think, feel, and act in functioning society. Through GS’s phenomenal environment-teachers, peers, counselors, I feel like I’ve not only found new ways of approaching any situation,and found an entirely new place where everyone is understood and accepted for who they are, but I feel like Iv’e found…myself; and because of GS I like who that person is.
1987 Theater
From Lee County
Quite simply, I would not have the life I have now without having gone to GS. GS opened doors – and that’s important when you’re from small, rural counties.
1966 Art
From Mecklenburg County
I was very focused on art when I went to GS. I had blinders on to any other discipline. My world became a universe as I met and talked to others attending GS in all the disciplines. I will forever be grateful for being introduced to music and math.
2002 Math
From Ashe County
GS was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget – it was what I hoped college would be like, and what law school actually was like (to an extent). Couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend a summer!
2007 English
From Onslow County
Broadened my horizons, challenged me to think outside the box, pushed me to my highest potential, encouraged me to develop my own character and values independent of anyone else.
1995 Natural Science
From Macon County
Going to GS West in 1995 opened my mind to how others think and live outside Macon County, NC. After GSW, I decided to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and to study English and become a lawyer (and later became a judge and civic leader). My first day at Carolina, I had many friends from GSW and it was not so intimidating! I feel that GSW allowed me to thrive at Carolina by giving me a solid foundation on which to build. It has definitely led me to the successes in my life.
2011 English
From Durham County
Governor’s School changed every aspect of who I am today. It changed my perceptions of the world around me, from art to music to science to just social interactions. At that very important point in my life, it helped me to grow immensely on many different levels and was an integral part of my education and indeed my maturation into a productive, intellectual member of society.
2001 Math
From Alamance County
(See my testimonial.)
1990 Natural Science
From vance County
growing up in a small town, it was refreshing to see so many young people with similar interest and aspiraitons. that is sometimes hard to see with such a limited “sample size” growing up in rural NC.
2002 Inst. Music
From Wake County
Attending GS and then working as a TAC for two summers helped me prepare for my career as a teacher and the friends I made there are still my friends to this day (including my husband). Not to mention my summers there have impacted my outlook on all of life.
2010 English
From Duplin County
I met my future roommate, a great person whom I could relate to.
2010 Dance
From Buncombe County
Spending six weeks with people who were constantly stimulating and inspiring me changed my life. It opened my mind to so many new opportunities, views, and ideas. I would go back and experience it again if I could!
2010 Inst. Music
From Mecklenburg County
GSE’10 was a really fun experience, and I fully enjoyed myself and made a lot of great friends that I still keep in touch with. However, I feel it gave me unrealistic expectations of life and college, and it created a lot of tension with my family and I because I was enjoying freedom but I was still a child in high school to them.
2010 Theater
From Moore County
It taught me how to think critically. I suggest Area II/Philosophy for anyone remotely interested in debating anything!